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Maurice says Little has more tests coming up, but is making progress

"Without contact, he's able to skate full." - Maurice

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

WINNIPEG - With the player break in the rear-view mirror, Bryan Little was back on the ice with the Winnipeg Jets in the same non-contact sweater he's had for a couple weeks.

However, head coach Paul Maurice said there is some progress, in that Little can participate fully in practice in non-contact - a level he's had to work his way up to.

Still, there are more hurdles for the forward to clear.

"I think in the next week or two, we'll start looking at some markers for testing on where we can test him," said Maurice. "He's been tested over the course of his injury, so they needed to leave a certain amount of time between tests. In the next couple of weeks we'll get him tested and that will tell us where we're at and how hard we push going forward."

Maurice added that the fact Little, who hasn't played since his injury on November 5 against New Jersey, can fully skate will help in terms of conditioning whenever the forward gets full clearance.

As for the rest of the injured Jets, the four-week timeline for Adam Lowry hasn't changed from the update Maurice gave back on January 20.

Tucker Poolman is still skating on alternate days, so there is no firm timeline for his return just yet.

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